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    When to offset someone's name using commas

    Here is my sentence. She was also widowed and lived with her son, Patrick, in 1997.

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    Re: When to offset someone's name using commas

    Welcome to the forum.

    Are you asking us or telling us?

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    Re: When to offset someone's name using commas

    Welcome to the forum. I think you meant to ask the question When should I offset someone's name with commas? Question phrases begin with a question word which is followed by the verb, then the subject. The phrase When to offset someone's name is an affirmative statement, not a question.

    Many writers and editors would omit them nowadays, as commas are used less than they used to be, but the commas in your sentence are fine.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: When to offset someone's name using commas

    If Patrick has brothers, don't use commas. If he doesn't, then use them.

    Without commas, you're telling us which son. With commas, you're simply giving us added information: her son's name.

    And GS is right, it's fine to omit the commas when it really doesn't matter - as, in this case, it doesn't.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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